PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY IN RESEARCH Legal framework As of September 2021, Slovakia has not adopted any specific strategies, laws or regulations promoting gender equality in research and innovation. Policy framework The National Strategy for Gender Equality in the Slovak Republic 2014-2019 was prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. It partially supported the integration of gender equality into science, research and higher education as one of its six priorities.
Pavel Jozef Šafárik University in Košice was the first Slovak university to voluntarily prepare a gender equality strategy. In 2017, a working group consisting of five people from several faculties was formed, on the initiative of top management. The group undertook a gender audit, analyses of numerous international documents, studies and report and qualitative surveys before drafting the Gender Equality Strategy.
Data collection systems vary widely across EU Member States, as they draw on various sources. To improve the collection of administrative data on femicide, EIGE has been working to establish indicators that can harmonise data collection processes across Member States’ jurisdictions. EIGE has collected information from a wide variety of stakeholders through a questionnaire sent to official data providers and an online survey filled in by national experts.
Parental leave is granted to parents, usually after maternity and paternity leave, allowing mothers and fathers to take care of their young children without losing their jobs. Such a policy exists in all EU Member States and in Slovakia it is called Rodicovská dovolenka. The policy design and eligibility rules vary across the EU, including in Slovakia, and not all women and men in the EU are eligible for parental leave.
With 55.5 out of 100 points, Slovakia ranks 25th in the EU on the Gender Equality Index. Slovakia’s score is 12.4 points below the EU’s score. Since 2010, its score has increased by only 2.5 points. Most of this increase (1.4 points) has been achieved since 2017. Slovakia’s ranking has dropped by two places since 2010. Further information Explore the Gender Equality Index 2020 Gender Equality Index 2020:
With 54.1 out of 100 points, Slovakia ranks 26th in the EU on the Gender Equality Index. Its score is 13.3 points lower than the EU’s score. Between 2005 and 2017, Slovakia’s score increased by only 1.6 points (+ 1.7 points since 2015). Slovakia is progressing towards gender equality at a much slower pace than other EU Member States. Its ranking has dropped seven places since 2005.
The recommendations were developed after an in-depth analysis of data collection from the police and justice sectors. They aim to improve administrative data collection on intimate partner violence to better inform policies and to help the Member States meet the monitoring requirements outlined in both Directive 2012/29/EU (the Victims’ Rights Directive) and the Istanbul Convention. Read more Data collection on intimate partner violence by the police and justice sectors - all EU countries Indicators on intimate partner violence and rape for the police and justice sectors EIGE's work on data collection on violence against women
The Gender Equality Index 2017 examines the progress and challenges in achieving gender equality across the European Union from 2005 to 2015. Using a scale from 1 (full inequality) to 100 (full equality), it measures the differences between women and men in key domains of the EU policy framework (work, money, knowledge, time, power and health). The Index also measures violence against women and intersecting inequalities.
Many women victims of intimate partner violence in the EU Member States remain unprotected. Perpetrators often go unpunished due to inadequate law enforcement approaches, which do not align with international human rights treaties. A gender-neutral approach to the law, coupled with the unavailability of data and existing stereotypes result in the denial of violence against women and its tolerance or normalisation.
Violence against women is rooted in women’s unequal status in society, and that status reflects the unbalanced distribution of social, political, and economic power among women and men in society. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time and a form of discrimination that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women.
This publication summarises the main results of the Gender Equality Index 2015 for Slovakia. It presents scores for 2005, 2010 and 2012, allowing for an assessment of the progress made in the pursuit of gender equality in Slovakia over time.This publication summarises the main results of the Gender Equality Index 2015 for Slovakia. It presents scores for 2005, 2010 and 2012, allowing for an assessment of the progress made in the pursuit of gender equality in Slovakia over time.